Get quotes to fit a water softener

Around 60% of the UK is considered to have hard to very hard water, with the south and east of England having the hardest water. Hard water is water that has calcium, minerals and magnesium dissolved into the water. A water softener removes the minerals by  ion-exchange as the minerals that are responsible for the hardness can damage components of your heating system and general plumbing, as well as appliances, wherever water runs through pipes or appliances.

If you can see signs of limescale in your showers, baths on your taps… chances are you are living in a hard water region. Softening the water does not only stop damage in pipework and components but also can improve laundry brightness of clothes and leave your hair and skin feeling super soft.

List of Counties and their water hardness level

County

Water Hardness Level

Bedfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Berkshire

Hard to very hard water

Buckinghamshire

Hard to very hard water

Cambridgeshire

Hard to very hard water

Dorset

Hard to very hard water

Essex

Hard to very hard water

Gloucestershire

Hard to very hard water

Greater London

Moderately hard water

Hampshire

Hard to very hard water

Hertfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Kent

Hard to very hard water

Oxfordshire

Hard to very hard water

Surrey

Hard to very hard water

Sussex

Hard to very hard water

Wiltshire

Hard to very hard water

How much will it cost to fit a water softener?

The cost of the water softener is largely to do with which brand you choose and where in your home you would like to get the softener fitted. Also, affecting the cost of the water softener, is the size needed to supply soft water for everyone in the home's needs. Most of the cost of fitting a softener is the cost of the product, as they start from just under £1000 and some brands are well into the £1000s. Labour is just a small fraction of the cost at starting from about £250 for a few hours labour in the day for the plumber to install the water softener.

Some other types of water softeners available are non-electric (powered by incoming water pressure), metered (these are the most economical), time-clock (using a set timer to regenerate). Once the water softener is installed, the ongoing cost will be the cost of water softener salt needing to be topped up and a yearly service of the water softener. As you can see it is not just the initial cost of the water softener with labour to factor in, but the ingoing costs as well.

Cost to fit a water softener device

Per

Average cost

Fit a water softener underneath kitchen sink or in a garage

Per hour 

£250

Fit a combimate underneath kitchen sink

Per hour 

£120 

Fit an electronic scale inhibitor underneath kitchen sink

Per day

£80

What plumbing is involved with installing a water softener?

A water softener should be fitted on to the mains water supply coming into your home. It is normally housed in the cupboard underneath the kitchen sink or it can be installed out of sight in the garage or utility room. Do not install the water softener anywhere where it may freeze.

To install the water softener, the plumber will need to first turn off the mains water so that they can cut into the water supply. It is best for the plumber to install shutoff valves to isolate the water to the softener if ever that was needed. Make sure that the plumber installing the water softener follows the manufacturer’s instructions on the brand that you purchase. The water softener requires an electrical socket as well as a drain, so a kitchen sink will do for this purpose, with the drain hose being connected from the softener to the drain or utility sink.

Is it worth getting a water softener?

A water softener is a great choice for extending the life of your pipework and appliances as well as a benefit for you in the way your clothes, skin and hair will feel. It is a pricey decision when deciding to go with a water softener so do your research to make sure you choose a brand you can trust, e.g., Harvey Water Softeners and discuss with your plumber (if they know the layout of your home) so that they can advise you on what would best suit the layout and size of your home.

Benefits of a water softener are;

  • Protecting pipework from getting clogged up inside
  • Protecting appliances (irons, kettles, coffee machines…) from getting clogged up
  • Water tastes better
  • Skin and hair is left soft
  • Less soap used when showering
  • Less limescale left to wipe off shower screens
  • Washing up leaves less scum buildup
  • Clothes come out brighter and fresher looking

How often do I need to service my water softener?

Just like a boiler, most water softeners should be serviced annually by your plumber. The service will involve cleaning out the brine tank and recharging resins. They will check the valve settings to ensure that the softener is running at a pace ideal for your home set-up.

Any washers or O-rings that have deteriorated can be replaced during the service as well as check the components of the water softener to avoid any expensive repairs or leaks.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to unblock a clogged toilet £69
Cost to seal or re silicone a bath or shower £56
Cost to replace toilet float valve £41
Cost to replace a toilet £110
Cost to replace a bath £200
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £110
Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap £151
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to replace heating expansion header tank £134
Cost to fit a new bathroom basin £162
Cost to fit an outside garden tap £68
Cost to fit a water softener £110
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to replace a cold water storage tank £130
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

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Fit a water softener near Aberdeen£141
Fit a water softener near Amber Valley£150
Fit a water softener near Angus£138
Fit a water softener near Arun£159
Fit a water softener near Ashfield£144
Fit a water softener near Aylesbury Vale£177
Fit a water softener near Barnsley£135
Fit a water softener near Basildon£165
Fit a water softener near Basingstoke & Deane£192
Fit a water softener near Bassetlaw£129
Fit a water softener near Bath & North East Somerset£147
Fit a water softener near Bedford£174
Fit a water softener near Belfast£126
Fit a water softener near Birmingham£147
Fit a water softener near Blackburn£177
Fit a water softener near Blackpool£135
Fit a water softener near Bolton£165
Fit a water softener near Bournemouth£156
Fit a water softener near Bracknell Forest£195
Fit a water softener near Bradford£153
Fit a water softener near Braintree£162
Fit a water softener near Breckland£117
Fit a water softener near Bridgend£138
Fit a water softener near Brighton£171
Fit a water softener near Bristol£141
Fit a water softener near Broadland£156
Fit a water softener near Broxtowe£144
Fit a water softener near Bury£165
Fit a water softener near Caerphilly£129
Fit a water softener near Calderdale£150
Fit a water softener near Cambridge£159
Fit a water softener near Canterbury£162
Fit a water softener near Cardiff£132
Fit a water softener near Carmarthenshire£114
Fit a water softener near Charnwood£141
Fit a water softener near Chelmsford£162
Fit a water softener near Cheltenham£159
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Fit a water softener near Chester£141
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Fit a water softener near Conway£123
Fit a water softener near Coventry£144
Fit a water softener near Crewe & Nantwich£135
Fit a water softener near Dacorum£183
Fit a water softener near Derby£144
Fit a water softener near Doncaster£132
Fit a water softener near Dover£162
Fit a water softener near Dudley£147
Fit a water softener near Dumfries & Galloway£135
Fit a water softener near Dundee£150
Fit a water softener near East Ayrshire£153
Fit a water softener near East Devon£129
Fit a water softener near East Dunbartonshire£147
Fit a water softener near East Hampshire£156
Fit a water softener near East Hertfordshire£180
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Fit a water softener near Gloucester£234
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Fit a water softener near London£195
Fit a water softener near Luton£183
Fit a water softener near Macclesfield£135
Fit a water softener near Maidstone£159
Fit a water softener near Manchester£144
Fit a water softener near Mid Bedfordshire£174
Fit a water softener near Mid Sussex£180
Fit a water softener near Middlesbrough£147
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Fit a water softener near Reading£192
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Fit a water softener near Scarborough£126
Fit a water softener near Scottish Borders£174
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Fit a water softener near South Lanarkshire£147
Fit a water softener near South Oxfordshire£174
Fit a water softener near South Somerset£123
Fit a water softener near South Tyneside£147
Fit a water softener near Southampton£153
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Fit a water softener near St Albans£186
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Fit a water softener near Waveney£156
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Fit a water softener near Wealden£171
Fit a water softener near West Lancashire£138
Fit a water softener near West Lothian£156
Fit a water softener near West Wiltshire£168
Fit a water softener near Wigan£144
Fit a water softener near Windsor & Maidenhead£186
Fit a water softener near Wirral£138
Fit a water softener near Wokingham£198
Fit a water softener near Wolverhampton£147
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Fit a water softener near Wychavon£153
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